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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 1, 2010 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Frodo Begat Jerry????

Okay.

Tolkien references....

Once is a data point in isolation. You can't even calculate slope.

Twice could still be coincidence, but now you can calculate slope, but not R squared.

Four times????? Not coincidence. A handful more and we have statistical significance.

Just how many Dead fans are also Tolkien fans and is there a causal or deterministic relationship?

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Oct 1, 2010 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Frodo Begat Jerry????

My 7th grade English teacher was a Tolkien freak (1966) and I loved reading. She had knobby knees from surfing in the waters on the SF peninsula, long before it was acceptable to be a surfer chick in San Francisco.

I read the Hobbit and then naturally fell right into the rest, which I have read and reread on a regular basis.

Now that I reread my first paragraph, she could have been my first teacher crush!

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Poster: Hal R Date: Oct 1, 2010 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Frodo Begat Jerry????

1st read the Hobbit in 1970, started listening to the Dead in 72 and figure both Tolkien and GD are lifelong companions.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
J. R. R. Tolkien

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 1, 2010 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tolkien Begat Hunter????

Yes - I read Tolkien in the late 60s, and twice again. (The films were tremendous.) I can see a very strong connection here. Hunter's poetry is descended from similar lineage. Tolkien's themes of heroism in the common man have universal appeal, but it's the storytelling similarities - think of Terrapin suite, or Mountains of the Moon. A deeply shared characteristic is the poetry, music and love of legend running through all the books, not to mention the tremendous detail and history... All of us love to delve into GD history, recall legendary shows and epic nights, the sounds of music wafting thru the air over smoky campgrounds...